Children who had spent years in secure hospital units have really flourished under The Wave Project.

August has been another busy month for us at The Wave Project. We have been extremely busy preparing to welcome their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Cornwall on their first official visit to South West England. The actual visit takes place on 1 September, but there has been a buzz of excitement around all of our projects since we were told about it early August.

To mark the occasion, we have invited representatives from all of our projects from around the UK to Cornwall, including staff, volunteers and surf club members, to come to Towan Beach in Newquay to meet the Royal couple. They will watch over 100 of our surf club members taking part in a therapeutic Wave Project session in the sea, supported by our awesome team of volunteers. We are really stoked and honoured to be hosting such prestigious guests on their first official visit here, and look forward to sharing pictures of the event with you next month.

Another important development for us was a meeting with Dorset NHS Trust, in which they agreed to extend NHS funding for a partnership project for young people in Dorset. We have worked with the Trust since 2013 and had some really fantastic outcomes for their patients. Children who had spent years in secure hospital units have really flourished under The Wave Project.  Some of them are even volunteering with the project – like Suzy Duffy and Chloe Curtis (pictured below). We are really proud to be adding value to NHS mental health services in Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

On 13 August, our Welsh project Wave Project Cymru hosted a big event with salespeople from the Cardiff-based company Salesforce. The event was a big team building exercise, which included a Wave Project session as part of the activity. Staff from the company also went on a surf lesson themselves.

Elsewhere we have been running dozens of surf club sessions for the children who did our courses during the spring and early summer.  We now have over 300 members in our surf club – all of whom are children who have faced mental health challenges or difficulties. It’s amazing to see how much progress they have made – many of the young people we now see surfing and having fun and interacting with each other were unable to communicate at all when we first met them – like Angeselle (top photo).

Next month we will be in London for the Third Sector awards, where we have been shortlisted as Small Charity of the Year. And of course, we will be absolutely stoked to share our Royal visit pictures with you!

Look forward to updating you all again next month.